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abortive

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adjective abor·tive \ə-ˈbȯr-tiv\

Simple Definition of abortive

  • : failing to achieve the desired result : not successful

Full Definition of abortive

  1. 1 obsolete :  prematurely born

  2. 2 :  fruitless, unsuccessful

  3. 3 :  imperfectly formed or developed

  4. 4 :  tending to cut short

abor·tive·ly adverb
abor·tive·ness noun

Examples of abortive

  1. <an abortive attempt to recover the sunken pirate ship>



14th Century

First Known Use of abortive

14th century

Rhymes with abortive


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abortive

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adjective abor·tive \ə-ˈbȯrt-iv\

Medical Definition of abortive

  1. 1:  imperfectly formed or developed :  rudimentary

  2. 2a:  abortifacientb:  cutting short <abortive treatment of pneumonia>c:  failing to develop completely or typically <an abortive case of poliomyelitis>





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